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Bike To Cool Every Day
by Staff | Aug 3, 2012 11:28 am
Posted to: Citizen Contributions, Transportation
Cyclists launched a new “Bike To Cool Calendar,” a daily schedule of bike-based activities for the month of August. Chris Schweitzer of the WalkBikeTransit Campaign sent in a photo and the following information:
Launch for WalkBikeTransit Bike to Cool Calendar
On Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Flag Pole on the New Haven Green there will be a presentation to launch the Bike to Cool Calendar corresponding with the beginning of the scheduled Ice Cream Social Ride. The WalkBikeTransit Campaign created the Bike to Cool Calendar to promote cycling in the New Haven area. The calendar offers a wide variety of events and activities (many with bike route maps) that are easily accessible by bike.
Bike to Cool is part of an ongoing effort by WalkBikeTransit to encourage citizens to choose active transit.
WBT is also encouraging the City to significantly improve cycling infrastructure. By significantly investing in bicycle infrastructure, New Haven has an opportunity to increase public health, create safer communities and streets, address inequities in transportation access, lessen climate change impacts, and improve air quality. The costs of acting now are significantly outweighed by the benefits, and the sooner the City acts, the sooner its residents and businesses will see improvements in the quality of life and increased economic activity.
“The Opportunity: Expanding the availability of, safety for, and access to a variety of transportation options and integrating health-enhancing choices into transportation policy has the potential to save lives by preventing chronic diseases, reducing and preventing motor vehicle-related injury and deaths, improving environmental health, while stimulating economic development, and ensuring access for all people. The current U.S. transportation infrastructure focuses on motor vehicle travel and provides limited support for other transportation options for most Americans.” (Center for Disease Control, Transportation Recommendations)
In New Haven there is an appreciation of steps forward (bike lanes, “sharrows”), but also a recognition that much needs to be done to promote healthy transportation and access to safe bike routes for those 8-80 years old.
The New Haven/Leon Sister City Project WalkBikeTransit Campaign is an effort to help people see the links between their transportation choices, global warming and food security.
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